DAY 45: Saturday 2 May
IN GOOD HANDS
Good morning everybody
When we find ourselves in a situation that could cause anxiety, it is often reassuring to hear the phrase ‘You’re in good hands.’ It might be we are being asked to put ourselves or a child or another loved one in the care of a medical professional, perhaps to face surgery or other treatment. As we reach the point of final decision, often the nurse or advisor will say to us ‘you (or he or she) are in good hands.’ I have experienced this on several occasions and such assurance is welcome when otherwise we would be unsure and worried. The phrase infers that we can trust the person; we are committing ourselves to their care and in effect we are ‘placing our trust in them and their skill and ability’.
But the phrase is also used in other less stressful situations as encouragement. Last year Karen and I were on away holiday and took several guided trips out from our hotel to see different places. The holiday rep would introduce us to our driver for the day and as we boarded the bus, would often say ‘enjoy yourselves today, you’re in good hands.’
Some years ago, I overheard a conversation on one of our 3GF minibus trips after a new lady had just got on board and found a seat near the friend who had invited her. I heard her being told that she would enjoy the day and have a safe trip because she was ‘in good hands’ (implying I was a reasonably safe driver and Karen knew exactly what was planned for the day).
The Psalmist says he can remain confident even through unknown circumstances and tough times of life when everything seems against him, because he puts in trust in God
Psalm 31:14-15 But I trust in you, Lord; I will say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.
Later on, in the same Psalm, he goes on to say in great confident tone -
How great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.
And then there is the promise from God in Deuteronomy 31:6 -
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”.
I first became personally more aware of the verses from Psalm 31 back in the early 1990’s around the time that Elizabeth had first been diagnosed with cancer. Through uncertain months of chemo and radio therapies, we were both able to hold on to the promise that ‘we were in good hands’, not only of an excellent consultant oncologist, but more especially in the hands of our faithful God. But concerns were still there in the background and too easily the nagging doubts would creep in trying to drag us down. It was around that time that I wrote a song based on the words of this Psalm and if you wish you can follow or singalong
We are living in days of great uncertainty, frustration and worry, when none of us can be certain what the future holds for our world, our country, our community, our church or our families or us. So let us determine to place our confidence not just in the government, or the NHS and key workers who we applaud on Thursdays, or even in ourselves and our own ability that ‘we’ll come through all this,’ but let us place our ultimate trust by faith, just as the Psalmist said - ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.
Earlier this week, Jack Jennings sent an entertaining video clip which I forwarded to the Mainly4Men guys but given today’s theme, I thought maybe others of you might enjoy watching
MAKE YOU SMILE: FUNNY WISDOM
Pick battles big enough to matter. and small enough to win
Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them
Make everyday decisions from the head but make big decisions from the heart
Steer clear of people who know the answer before they understand the question
Why do men ask women for their hand in marriage? Because they’re tired of using their own.
Why did God create man before woman? He wasn't looking for any advice.
Teacher: Why are you late, Timothy?
Timothy: Because of the sign down the road.
Teacher: What does a sign down the road have to do with your being late?
Timothy: Because the sign said, "SCHOOL AHEAD. GO SLOW!"
Tomorrow we will share another ‘virtual service’ but different to the previous weeks.
More of that tomorrow…